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British Airways misplaces 10,000 bags during security alert - report.

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It has been estimated that a total of some 10,000 bags checked in by British Airways have gone missing at airports since the start of the British security alert last week.

British Airways has said that about half of the bags are still waiting at airports to be delivered to their owners. The airline is reportedly in dispute with airports operator BAA over the blame for the misplaced bags.

According to the BBC's transport correspondent Tom Symonds, the "fairly antiquated" baggage system at London's Heathrow Airport has had to deal with the requirement of checking in small items such as handbags and mobile phones, which it is unable to easily handle.

British Airways said that it plans to operate 90% of its schedule today (16 August), but would cancel three long-haul and 32 short-haul departures from Heathrow.

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